||[Jan. 3rd, 2012|04:38 pm]
I had a random burst of semi-inspired writing on my book, It's Not Easy Being Green, yesterday and just had an awesome idea for a new project this morning. So I thought I'd share and see if anyone would like to participate. |
The new project is called Love Letters to Myself, and it is hopefully going to turn into a book that is a collection of letters written to you, by you. As a person who revels in her wild and crazy interior life, sometimes I wish someone knew just what to say to me, or that I could even begin to share all the things I would like to with other people. Well, someone does know just what to say, and someone understands just what I'm going through. Me.
The same is probably true for many of you. You know what you need to hear, it's just hard to say it to yourself. And, for some reason, it's so darn difficult to take yourself seriously, or really listen to things when you're the one saying them. So whether you're in need of a good chiding, a pep talk, or just a bit of unbridled love and affection, go ahead. Write yourself a letter.
So am I inspired, or just bat shit crazy? The world may never know. But I do know that writing myself a love letter this morning was extremely refreshing, entirely different than blogging or writing for work, or even writing my novel.
It helps to think of it as if you were writing to a dear friend. After all, we really should be our own best friend. What would you tell her (or him, obviously) if he/she was in your position? I also usually go back and include a little background info in a paragraph or two at the beginning of the letter, including info about the time and circumstance surrounding the love letter to myself, but I don't write it until a little while after I write the letter, just for some distance.
In psychological terms this may be the closest I've gotten to the idea of "reparenting" myself. I have trouble addressing my inner child, but the love letters feel like a clearer discourse between my inner parent and my inner child than I've ever managed to get before.
Now to see if I can get any biggish names in self help land to jump on board, write themselves some love letters, and see if my collection amounts to anything.
Interested? Send me a message, email or some such. Let me know how you'd like to be involved, or just what you think about my latest random idea.